Patient describes chilling scene – NBC Chicago

A chilling scene for patients, staff and visitors unfolded Sunday night when Northwestern Memorial Hospital was placed in lockdown for nearly two hours after someone threatened the hospital by phone, according to police in Chicago.

At around 8:40 p.m., a threatening phone call was made to the hospital at 251 E. Huron St., causing the facility to close, according to a Chicago Police Department spokesperson.

In an email, a hospital spokesperson said Northwestern was placed on “armed intruder alert” and law enforcement quickly responded to the scene.

Video on social media from inside the hospital during the lockdown shows a large police, fire and SWAT team presence outside the building.

A patient inside a hospital room told NBC Chicago that during the lockdown, a nurse stayed in his room and barricaded the door as they watched from the window as police and officials invaded the perimeter of the hospital.

The confinement lasted nearly two hours.

An officer at the scene confirmed the hospital was evacuated around 10:20 p.m. A systematic search revealed no active threats to public safety and all staff were located, officials said.

The hospital resumed operations by 10:40 p.m. Sunday, the spokesperson said.

No other information was immediately available.

Lillian L. Pena